Less is More #363 One Layer Card Cute

Hello there.  It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  I was one of the unlucky ones who started off the new year with the flu. 😝  I’m happy to report that I am on the mend and am slowly getting my energy back.  I am here today with a new challenge at Less is More (LIM).  We are looking for Cute one layer cards this fortnight.  Our sponsor once again this month is Skulls and Cross Buns.










I have too many cute critter stamps to choose from, but the first image that came to mind was this little cutie, which I made a Christmas card with.  He is from a Christmas set, but I wanted to stretch my stamps so I created a Winter birthday card.  Look at him, he’s so ashamed for forgetting. 😂  Not much to explain here as this was pretty straight forward.  On a white top folding A2 card base created from Mixed Media paper, the penguin and sentiment were black heat embossed, and then watercoloured with Zigs and a watercolor brush.  Added the three dots after sorry wth a black marker.  For a little sparkle, added clear shimmer to the rainbow colour background (hard to tell in the photo) to finish.


Linking this one to the following challenges:
CAS WatercolourJanuary 2018 Birthday
Seize the BirthdayAnything Goes Birthday optional topping One Layer
Moving Along with the Times  #63 CAS
Mod SquadRainbows
STAMPlorationsJanuary 2018 Anything CAS Goes optional color twist Silver








So I wanted to stretch this stamp further and ended up creating a missing you card too.  On another top folding card base made from Mixed Media paper, the penguin was black heat embossed then masked.  A heart reverse mask was hand cut from copy paper and Cherry Blossom inks (new) were blended with a mini blending tool for an ombré look.  For some texture and shimmer, splattered Gansai Tambi Starry gold paint (new) mixed with water.  Masks were removed and the image was coloured with Zigs and a watercolor brush.  The sentiment was gold heat embossed to finish.


This one’s heading over to the following challenges:
Winnie & WalterJanuary 2018 Color Combo with Heather H.
Freshly Made Sketches#320 Sketch by Kim
Uniko – #45 Something Old, Something New (2 old stamp sets, new Cherry Blossom inks + new gold paints)
STAMPlorationsJanuary 2018 Theme Stamps and Curves





And as a duo, I’m entering them in:
Twofer Challenge – #1 Feathers (penguin feathers are short, overlapping and densely packed – who knew? 😂)
SSS Monday ChallengeBirds of a Feather




That does it for me, but click HERE to check out the fabulous cards my team has created to inspire you.  Hope you will join us this fortnight.  Can’t wait to see those cute creations.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend.









42 thoughts on “Less is More #363 One Layer Card Cute

  1. Trina, your little penguins are so cute! Love the CAS design of your cards and the colouring and blending!

    Thanks for sharing your card with us in the Uniko Challenge Gallery!
    Greetings from Wiebke (DT)

  2. Adorable Trina – what a great way to stretch a Christmas stamp! I love the rainbow haze around the penguin on your first card – such a clever idea and well executed.

  3. Two extremely cute creations Trina and what a super idea to combine your LIM DT cards and Twofer card challenge! I’ll definitely save this thought for future use! 🙂 Both CAS layouts you used are perfect and so cute and really showcase that sweet penguin. I love the rainbow bg you inked in your first card and that heart is just so pretty -this reminds me I have no large heart stamps or stencils and this situation has to be mended!! Hugs!

  4. Oh so cute! I do like the little penguin on the pink heart and all the pretty spatter. Great twofer card. Thanks so much for playing along with Uniko. Deborah, DT. Love other one too.

  5. Absolutely adorable cards! I love how you’ve stretched your stamps, and used the stamp so splendidly! Thank you so much for joining us at Seize the Birthday challenge!!

  6. Yikes! Trina, I’ve only just spotted you linked this cutie up at Uniko too! Well it’s certainly worthy of a place in our gallery. Loved up cuteness … can’t say fairer than that. Thanks for joining us. x

  7. Right now I suppose and I sincerely hope that you have recovered ! But as Sarah says, even when you’re sick, you can make wonderful cards! I love this adorable penguin, I found it already cute in your beautiful Christmas card but it is just as adorable today in other colors and other themes! You really are a champion! Critters don’t have any secret for you and you really rock making cards with them ! Have a wonderful day and thanks for sharing and playing along at Uniko !

  8. Glad you are feeling a bit better now Trina, and I hope you will be back up to speed really soon. Your two cards are fabulously cute! Love that adorable penguin and the rainbow of colour and sparkle on your first card is fantastic. Then your gold splatters in the heart on the second card made me go ‘ooooh!’ Fabulous work xx

  9. Sorry to read you had the flu, Trina … and happy that you’re now beginning to feel better … hope you’re en forme soon! Your little penguin is simply adorable … he’s gorgeous on both these deliciously CAS cards! The detailing on each in such a small space is fabulous … I love how you’ve chosen sentiments that are so perfect with this sweet image … and I adore all the glorious white space! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Anita 🙂

  10. This little penguin is so sweet ! Love how you make adorable cards featuring it! specially the one with the big pink heart! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches

  11. First of all, Trina, I’m so sorry to hear that you have been suffering from that dreadful flu, but I’m relieved that you have turned the corner. It is really scary! I would have sent you a get well card if I’d known! I’m really ashamed like that adorable little penguin!! You know how much I love that cutie patootie and I’m over the moon with how you have created your two cards with him! I especially love that you chose “I miss your face,” for this guy, whose face is all covered up! So fun! Thank you so much for joining my first Twofer challenge!! Stay well! Hugs, Darnell

  12. So sorry to hear you had the flu! Glad to hear you’re on the mend by now. Love these two little penguin cards! They are adorable, and I do like how you’ve given each one his own little background. The sparkle on your ‘rainbow’ is a great addition, and the gold is a pretty accent for your heart card. Thank you so much for joining us at the Twofer Challenge!

  13. Trina I’m so glad you are feeling better, it’s been a horrid flu season.
    I love your adorable little penguins. Great way to use winter images for different cards absolute CAS perfection 🙂

  14. Oh no, starting the year with the flu? Well, I guess that can only mean that the rest of the year is going to be much better! At least that’s my wish for you!
    Your penguin cards are super cute! The masked heart with the gold splatters is so sweet and that sparkly rainbow background is spectacular! Also love how perfect the sentiments go with each card!
    Thank you so much for joining us at the very first Twofer Card Challenge!

  15. These are adorable Trina! Love that little penguin hiding under his hat and cute sentiments to go with him. FAB CAS one layer cards beautifully done. Thanks so much for sharing and joining in at Uniko. Hugs Bev x

  16. I’m sorry to hear you’ve had the flu, Trina! Not a good way to start the year. Hopefully it will be all good from now on!

    Love, love, love this little critter! The rainbow background is so perfect to highlight him! Love that you got a second (actually third) card from this adorable little guy! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Watercolour!

  17. Two fabulous cards using that sweet penguin! I especially love the one with the heart – great sparkle from the gold spray! So glad to hear you’re on the mend – that flu going around is a nasty one and I’ve known so many people getting sick with it – the hosts of the New Year’s Eve dinner I was supposed to go to both came down with it and had to cancel New Year’s Eve so I stayed home and watched a movie instead!

  18. Two fabulous cards using that sweet penguin! I especially love the one with the heart – great sparkle from the gold spray! So glad to hear you’re on the mend – that flu going around is a nasty one.

  19. Dear Trina, so sorry you had the terrible flu going around…no fun! So happy you are much better. It has not effected your sweet, cute CAS style of stamping:-) I love your sweet, adorable little penquins. You do cute and CAS so beautifully. TFS both your cards my friend. I loved your added shimmer too. Hugs..and take care.

  20. What a lovely pair of cards Trina! That little penguin is so very cute and you used him to perfection! It’s the hat and the coy look that does it for me – plus your wonderful eye for detail!

    Hope you’re feeling much better now – I have a feeling one or both of us is coming down with something here – let’s hope it’s not the dreaded flu, which is pole axing so many people! Ha, it it is then little Parsnip will be chief cook, bottle washer and also nurse for a little while 🙂


    Di xx

  21. Hi Trina. Terrible way to start the new year. Happy to hear you are on the mend!

    Cute cards! 🙂 Actually they are SUPER CUTE! I love this little guy and he does look ashamed for forgetting the birthday. The rainbow, watercoloured background is so sweet and I love the sparkle. Great shading with your watercolouring to add dimension to the penguin.

    Wonderful technique with your masked, sponged, ombre heart. The penguin is just perfect for your sentiment! Great colouring.

    Two fantastic one layer cards Trina!! Thanks for sharing the first card with us at CAS Watercolour, and thank for playing along with the Twofer Card Challenge! xx

  22. So sorry to hear you’ve been unwell Trina but hope you’re recovering nicely now. On the plus side the flu doesn’t appear to have zapped your mojo and I just knew you’d rock this cutie challenge. Fabulous, colourful, cute (of course) and stunning as ever. Love both examples and I’m sure Darnell and the team will too. Have a good week x

  23. Trina, I love that little penguin! These are delightful cards–couldn’t help laughing when I saw the second one with such an appropriate sentiment. tfs

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